George Wold Stephenson was my great-great-grandfather. He and his wife Agnes Catherine Hamilton immigrated from England to the United States in 1844, living first on Long Island, New York, before settling in St. Johns, Michigan. One of my prize possessions is his family Bible where the family carefully recorded marriages, births, and deaths. This Bible was passed down to my great-grandfather Edward William Stephenson, then to my father, and finally to me. Pictures of the Bible and the inscribed pages are shown here.
Shown below are pictures of two very old bookmarks which were found in the Bible. The bookmarks are in needlepoint on perforated paper, one worked in silk, the other in wool. The silk bookmark has the words “Faith Hope Charity.” The wool bookmark says “Simply to Thy Cross I cling.” We don’t know who made the bookmarks, but perforated paper embroidery being popular in Victorian times, it is easy to picture Agnes stitching the bookmarks for George’s Bible.